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Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture

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Biblical counselors have worked for decades to demonstrate that God’s resources in Scripture are sufficient to help people with their counseling-related problems. In Counseling the Hard Cases, editors Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert use the true stories of real patients to show how the truths of God’s Word can be released to bring help, hope, and healing into the lives of t ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by B&H Academic (first published April 30th 2012)
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This is a must have & a must read for all pastors. I was going to say a must read for all pastors who do counseling but then all pastors should be doing counseling; if they are not there is a real problem with their ministry that needs to be addressed. (For some pastors there is a fear and/or a lack of confidence either in the Word or their ability to handle hard cases, this book will be an encouragement to you, a big time encouragement.)

This book centers on the sufficiency of Scripture. The
Matt Kottman
This book is excellent. The purpose of the book is to show that the Scriptures truly are sufficient in every counselling situation. Whether a person is bipolar, OCD, schizophrenic, a sufferer of abuse, etc. Through the Scriptures God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. It is encouraging to read the cases here, and how people were helped by careful application of God's Word. It goes deeper than slapping a verse onto someone, it is bearing with people in the ministry of the ...more
As a graduate student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary we had the privelige to read this book.

Counseling the Hard Cases is a collection of stories from eleven contributors from varied occupational backgrounds including theological professors, medical professionals, and others who have recognized secular psychology did not address the cause of a problem, but the symptom. Conviction of the Sufficiency of Scripture is a central theme in active discipleship leading to change within indi

In Counseling the Hard Cases, Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert have assembled a treasure-trove of examples from multiple pastors, authors and counselors that help define what biblical counseling is and how to properly apply it in the lives of real people. Both Scott and Lambert are professors of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and through my personal interaction with Stuart Scott, I know that he himself has spent many years as a
While interesting, I did not walk away from this book convinced that the sufficiency of Scripture precluded the contributions of secular psychology. I think the dichotomy is a bit exaggerated. I praise God that the people in this book were helped by their counselors. That said, I'm not sure that some kind of integration or Christian psychological position wouldn't be better. Something that holds Scripture as primary but not exclusively could do a better job of recognizing that we are whole indiv ...more
What an outstanding book! Even after 16 years as a counselor, I learned so much. I was convicted, challenged, and encouraged. This book is a life changer.
This book is absolutely fascinating. Chapter one gives perhaps the best defense of the sufficiency of scripture I have ever read. The rest of the book gives real examples showing that it is true. Anyone wondering about the principles and efficacy of Biblical Counseling should (needs to) read this book. I am not exaggerating when I say that this book sits next to Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling on those books that are essential biblical counseling reads.
Great book. It shows us that the Scriptures are sufficient to counsel people in any situation. It also points out the short comings and deficiencies in psychology and psychiatry. And it does it all while illustrating these points by taking the reader through a series of counseling situations with people who are living in difficult life situations. Included are chapters on counseling people having been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, sexual abuse survivor, obsessive-compulsive disorder, postpar ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Samuel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Front row seat to the sufficiency of scripture
Answered some questions, raised even more...
Ken Haynes
This book is fantastic. I was edified and encouraged by the "hard cases" described in the book. God's Word is sufficient to address ALL the situations and problems of this life. As ministers of the Gospel, it is our privilege and duty to help our brethren by bringing them to the cross of Christ, for forgiveness, healing and restoration. Well done Stuart.
Lynette Karg
Great encouragement for those of us helping people in impossible situations. There is much practical help and a high view of the Scriptures throughout. I think a homework index would have made it an even more valuable resource.
Becky Hintz
I wish this book was 10 times as long--So very helpful! As I read it, I was dealing with three of the "tough cases" addressed in the book. Highly recommended to anyone who does biblical counseling.
The most helpful, practical book of examples of Biblical wisdom for counseling people through "hard cases". A must-read resource for any Christian!
Stewart Peterson
Excellent, practical resource. Great reminder of the sufficiency of the Word of God for life & godliness.
Really helpful and insightful. God 's word truly is sufficient for all of life even the hard and messy times
Great stories to build your confidence in the Word of God.
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Stuart Scott is associate professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also a board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
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“Hope is not defined by the absence of hardship. Rather, hope is found in God’s grace in the midst of hardship. Hope is found in his promise to give us a future.” 1 likes
“We can agree with what the gospel says about our sinfulness without becoming overwhelmed by guilt and shame. Further, we do not have to prove that we are victims rather than victimizers out of a desperate effort to persuade ourselves that we are righteous. We have Christ’s righteousness already. We can rest in this.” 0 likes
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